Yamaha’s Josh Hayes leads the American SuperBike class by 22 points ahead of Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden.
The final round of the 2010 AMA Pro Road Racing series has arrived. The three classes head to Barber Motorsports Park this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama for Round 10, which will bring much needed resolution to several tight point battles. In the American SuperBike division, Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes is leading by 22 points over Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden. In Daytona SportBike, Geico Powersports Suzuki’s Danny Eslick took a win in Race 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park and currently leads by only 11 points ahead of Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Herrin. Lastly, the SuperSport class will feature the Young Guns and Top Guns shootout races, with each divisional champion being honored with the Number One plate. There have been six different winners this year in the Young Guns category, so the final round is almost guaranteed to please.
Unlike last year when Mat Mladin was decimating the competition, this year the battle up front has been much tighter with Hayes and Hayden both taking the majority of the wins. Hayes currently leads the series after taking a total of seven wins this year. Although he has been tough to beat, Hayden has done a decent job at keeping him in check by taking his share of four victories in 2010. The Suzuki rider will be facing an uphill battle, however, as Hayes is coming off a double victory at New Jersey Motorsports Park and leads by 22 points.
Tommy Hayden (#22) has victories this season but will face an uphill battle against Hayes at Barber.
Currently third in the series is National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Jake Zemke. Trailing Hayden by 88 points, Zemke will to have to settle for third in the championship. After starting the year on a high note by taking the double win at Daytona, Zemke has dropped off the pace a bit from the leaders but has maintained top-10 finishes throughout much of the season. His recent score of 6-6 at New Jersey helped create a 21-point lead over Pat Clark Motorsports’ Ben Bostrom. As long as he doesn’t crash out or suffer any severe mishaps, Zemke can wrap-up third-place in the championship on Sunday.
Running fourth in the American SuperBike series is Bostrom, who so far had his best first-place result at Laguna Seca. Recently Bostrom experienced both good and bad results at New Jersey, where he finished third in the first contest but crashed out in the second. Prior to New Jersey, Bostrom earned two solid second-place results at VIR where he applied constant pressure to Hayden and Hayes. Unfortunately for B-Boz, he tweeted that he broke two ribs in his crash in New Jersey and won’t be able to race this weekend.
Suzuki’s Danny Eslick only has an 11-point lead over Josh Herrin while Martin Cardenas is only 12 points behind in third.
Ducati’s Larry Pegram is currently seated fifth in the standings and is 19 points behind Bostrom. Pegram has taken one win this season at the Auto Club Speedway and shortly after he struggled to stay in the top-10. While he returned to strong form at Infineon, Road America and Mid-Ohio, his recent results in the last two rounds have hardly been impressive. At one point Pegram was fourth in the championship, but his recent performances have relegated him to fifth. He will have little to fear, however, as Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Blake Young remains 43 points behind.
In the Daytona SportBike series, Eslick maintains a slim 11-point lead over Herrin. In the last round Eslick took the win in the second contest over Herrin, giving him a slightly larger lead. Prior to that at VIR, Herrin scored the win in Race 2 as Eslick took home two third-place results. It is only within the last two rounds that Eslick has surpassed the Yamaha rider in the standings, so the upcoming contest is sure to feature some heated action between the two as they grapple for points.
In third-place and rapidly approaching Herrin in the standings is M4 Monster Energy Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas. The Colombian took a win in the last round at New Jersey and prior to that he had a 2-5 result at VIR. Cardenas has had numerous wins this season, including Laguna Seca, Road America, Infineon, Road Atlanta and Fontana. His
Joey Pascarella (above) claimed the Young Guns West title, but will face off against J.D. Beach (below), who has seven wins throughout the 2010 season.
consistency has made him the most dangerous challenger, however, with hardly any finishes outside the top-10. He remains just one point behind Herrin in the championship and only 12 points behind Eslick in the lead. This series will definitely provide some of the most intense action of the weekend as the top-three riders lay it all on the line for ultimate bragging rights.
SuperSport will feature the East/West shootout for the championship. In the Young Guns West division, Joey Pascarella clenched the title as J.D. Beach secured the East Young Guns title. More than six riders have taken the top step on the podium this year, however, including – Rockwall Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier, DNA Energy Drink Yamaha’s Pascarella, Rockwall Yamaha’s Beach, Elena Myers, Huntley Nash and James Rispoli.
Beach has collected the most wins this year by far, taking a total of seven checkered flags throughout the season compared to Pascarella’s four victories.
The races will be scored moto-style this weekend, with each race being combined to count towards determining the overall National Champion in each category.